The cinematic Avengers assemble in the diner in Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.
In a hilariously surreal mash-up courtesy of artist John P. Glynn, the mighty cinematic Avengers assemble for a shawarma feast at the famous diner featured in Edward Hopper's iconic 1942 painting, Nighthawks, after taking on Loki and his minions.
And here's the original painting for comparison.
On to other noteworthy Marvel Studios items regarding The Avengers.
We have earlier covered on speculative news regarding the release of a 10-disc 6-movie Blu-ray collector’s set. After Marvel Studios' somewhat muted acknowledgement last month, here’s a rundown of what will be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled set:
Marvel’s The Avengers (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Thor (Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray)
Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray)
The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray)
Iron Man (Blu-ray)
Bonus Disc – “The Phase One Archives” (Blu-ray)
Collectible packaging with exclusive memorabilia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Here's the preview trailer for the collection that is essentially a mash-up clip including footage from Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers.
And here's the Blu-ray trailer of the film.
While details on the 10-disc 6-movie Blu-ray collector’s set has yet to be announced, it is wildly speculated that information on the release date will be unveiled on July 15th. Meanwhile, The Avengers DVD and Blu-ray will be released on September 25th.
The cinematic Avengers assemble in the diner in Edward Hopper's Nighthawks.
Relive the awesomeness of all three chapters of the undead cult film series with this amazing animated tribute clip made by artist Daniel Kanemoto.
Inspired by the incredible tribute poster conjured by the impeccable Olly Moss, fellow Evil Dead fan and artist Daniel Kanemoto from exmortisfilms.com, took on the task of animating the cool image depicted in Moss's original artwork (embedded below for your reference).
And the result is one of the most awesome fan-made tribute video we have ever seen. Capturing all the nifty elements from all three films in the series with the grisly ambience, deft sound-editing, and plain amazing artwork, Kanemoto has certainly made Moss proud.
With no further ado, take a trip down memory lane and relive the undead awesomeness of one of the best horror film series ever with this terrific tribute.
Description of the video at its Vimeo page:
For more information, visit exmortisfilms.com
Follow the evil that roams through the dark bowers of man's domain in this balls-to-the-wall animated tribute to the sights, sounds and unforgettable characters of Sam Raimi’s iconic EVIL DEAD trilogy!
This is my cinematic love letter to three influential movies that made me want to be a filmmaker: EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD 2, and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
I created all the artwork in the sequence, but the final image is directly inspired by an incredible EVIL DEAD poster created by Olly Moss. The moment I saw it, I only wanted to see it move – which is how I feel about all great posters. The new wave of artists working with Mondo have made movie posters worth collecting again, and that's a great thing. I hope to someday join their ranks.
And I can't wait to see the new EVIL DEAD remake. My studio specializes in title sequences, and I want the opening credits for this new journey to the cabin to be just as frightening and original as the film they introduce. (I would not-so-secretly love a chance to pitch my take, and if that’s even close to possible, I’m open for business at exmortisfilms.com.)
Special thanks to the cast and crew of the EVIL DEAD trilogy, Jeff Yorkes (who found me a print of that sold-out-in-an-instant Olly Moss poster), and Joe Pleiman, the most talented sound designer in the world.
Directed, Drawn, & Animated By Daniel M. Kanemoto | exmortisfilms.com
Inspired By A Mondo Poster Created By Olly Moss | ollymoss.com | mondotees.com
Sound Design By Joe Pleiman | joepleiman.com
Music By Joseph LoDuca | loducamusic.com
And here are some brilliantly-made still images from the clip.
For more information on the clip, head over to the film's official page at exmortisfilm.com.
Source: EVIL DEAD: AN ANIMATED TRIBUTE by Daniel Kanemoto [Vimeo]
The Dark Knight finally make his much, much-anticpated appearance in Smallville.
The Dark Knight makes his first appearance in Smallville. For those puzzled over this statement, we are not talking about the Smallville in the regular comic books published by DC Comics. We are talking about Smallville, the TV series that have ended last year with its tenth season and now surviving in the pages of the comic book known as Smallville Season 11.
For a team-up that have fans waited for more than ten seasons, the anticipation is perfectly understandable given that we are talking about the team of the World's Finest, Superman and Batman. An anticipation made worse with the tease of the character of Adam Knight back in the third season. Being a brooding, mysterious orphan with extraordinary martial art skills and other amazing ability, it was once perceived by fans of the show that we were looking at a precursor of The Dark Knight. Of course, that is before we learnt of the reason behind why Batman, in any shape and form, can never appear in the TV series.
In an wholly understated announcement on his blog, Smallville Season 11 writer Bryan Q. Miller, who is incidentally a former staff writer and executive story editor for The CW series, unveiled the Dark Knight:
I feel like I've been sitting on a Christmas present for everyone since January. Here you go. Unwrap away... in 2 months!
Fans have been waiting for this for a VERY long time. As both a fan and a writer, I am more than pleased to announce the arrival of a MAJOR DC universe player in the second episode of Smallville Season 11...
(PART 1 of 4)
And here's the solicitation text for Smallville Season 11 #5.
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #5
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art and cover by CHRISCROSS and MARC DEERING
On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• These stories are in print for the first time after appearing online.
• SUPERMAN comes face-to-face with high-tech weapons on the streets of Metropolis.
• The hunt for his parents’ killer puts a vigilante known only as “the BATMAN” on a collision course with The Man of Steel…
The first part of "Detective" by Miller and artists Chriscross and Marc Deering, Smallville Season 11 #5 will first be available as a digital comic in August, followed by its printed form, set to be released in September.
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Machete is back to do what he does best: Kill. And we have Jessica Alba to thank for our first closer look at Robert Rodriguez's sequel to his 2010 ultra-violent action exploitation film, Machete.
We knew it as a fact that it was announced Machete will return in Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again before the credit roll in Robert Rodriguez's 2010 ultra-violent action exploitation film, Machete. But with the film's dismal box-office performance coupled with mixed response from the critics, we have reasonable doubts if Danny Trejo will be back in the big screen as the murderous badass from Mexico. All these are made even more doubtful with Robert Rodriguez being attached with an insane number of upcoming films (among them, the much-anticipated sequel to Sin City).
To our surprise, filming of the sequel picked up last month and we have since received some intriguing casting news. We thought things were interesting with Mel Gibson cast as the chief antagonist, Luther Voz. Then came news that Charlie Sheen has been cast as the President of the United States. A most inspired choice that is, as insane as it might sound, perfectly apt for the ultra-violent action exploitation film.
Earlier this week, thanks to Jessica Alba‘s Twitter feed, we have a first look at the film with some cool set photos released by the returning actress. Hit the jump to check out these pictures followed by posters for the sequel.
And here are the first two posters released.
Here's the official synopsis of the film:
The second film in the Machete trilogy finds Machete mourning the loss of his beloved Sartana, slain during a run in with the cartels. Machete is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man. Machete must battle his way through Mexico to take down a cartel leader, Mendez the Madman, who threatens to fire a missile on the US. Machete foils Mendez's plot only to find that the missiles are remote wired to and triggered by the madman’s still beating heart. The only man who can disarm the missile is eccentric billionaire arms dealer, Luther Voz, who has hatched a plan of his own to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space. Machete takes on Voz and his army in order dismantle his master plan for global anarchy.
Yes, we all know Disney owns both Pixar and Marvel. But imagine Pixar were to take on DC Comics's Justice League? Artist Daniel Araya pumped us up with some nifty art.
We have witnessed the "Pixar-animated" art of Marvel's The Avengers, courtesy of artist J. M. Walter, and now we have a wild, wild shot of yet another "what if" take of Pixar, this time on the iconic superheroes of Marvel's Distinguished Competitor, DC Comics.
Artist Daniel Araya takes on the Justice Leagues with more than a little subtle touch of Pixar goodness.
A few weeks ago, just for fun I started doing concepts for a faux Justice League CG movie. I've always been a huge fan of Bruce Timm and the DC Timmverse he helped create, and I thought it would be cool to basically design the JLA movie that I would direct if given the chance. I didn't do any huge drastic changes because I didn't want to betray the characters in terms of who they are and what they're about. I just wanted to build on what's already been established and tweak things the way I saw them. I was going to wait until I had more artwork before I posted this, but with all the freelance I've got, I don't think I'll be able to work on this again for a while.
THIS IMAGE: I wanted Batman to be composed of triangular shapes to emphasize how dangerous he is. I also didn't want to draw him big and bulky because in my version he's primarily an acrobat, not a bodybuilder. He's constantly doing flips and jumping off rooftops, so he'd be extremely lean. I also gave him the more armored costume because
1) It looks cool
2) Having an outfit that looks more like protective gear while everyone else is wearing more "costume-y" outfits visually reinforces the fact that he's human and mortal. It reminds us that he NEEDS this to protect him and that's a trait that I (and I think most people) like about batman.
I also made Batman's skin even more pale here than in the Bruce Wayne pic to further emphasize the lack of warmth in Batman, and it also helped to add more contrast against the darkness of his suit. I like the idea of his face being that one little speck of pale, cold, humanity peeking out from this huge enveloping shroud of darkness.
Clark and Bruce
THIS IMAGE: This pic is kinda what started the whole thing. I always thought Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent were a great opportunity to play with contrast. They both have similar features in a broad sense (Caucasian, black hair, relatively good looking) but I don't think they need to be drawn to look the same! These characters couldn't be more different, and so I tried to play that up with the shape language used in their design. I made Bruce primarily out of triangular shapes to associate him with danger, and I made Clark mostly out of chunky block shapes to emphasize a sense of protectiveness (which I think is what Superman is all about). I rounded the corners off on Superman's "blocks" to make sure the shapes were still comfortable and friendly.
I also made Bruce slightly more pale than Clark because I feel like it emphasizes the lack of warmth and is another way to appropriately add contrast to the characters.
THIS IMAGE: Superman is a wholesome, good-natured guy with antiquated notions of heroism, and that's what I like about him. He represents a more honest hero, and SO many people don't like him because he's too corny, or not badass enough, and I think that's ridiculous. I hardly touched his costume at all because I wanted him to look corny and I wanted his image to reflect the dated quality of his beliefs. I really don't like when people try to make him like, this dark, violent, angry guy just for the sake of making him cooler.
Anyway I tried to make him primarily out of chunky square shapes, and I went as far as taking away the angles on his boots to make them a little more chunky and plain. I think he should be a big character to emphasize the fact that he's all about IMMENSE power and protectiveness. I know a lot of people say that he shouldn't be big because nothing would give him a workout, but I disagree because
1) Every time I see him lift something, he looks like he's straining real hard. Whether it's a car, a piece of rubble, a building, it all seems to be difficult for him.
2) The design reflecting the spirit of the character is more important to me than whether or not he'd be big in real life. He's powerful and he's protective, that's what I want my design to emphasize.
THIS IMAGE: I went with angry, warrior, man hating Wonder Woman. I feel like if you're raised your entire life immersed in bigotry, you're not just going to change your beliefs after a single adventure. It's not gonna be like "oh these guys fought with me to save the world, men aren't so bad." Nobody just drops prejudiced opinions like that, they skew and distort things to keep supporting and maintaining their discrimination. I feel like her acceptance of men would be a very slow, gradual thing and it would never be 100%. I was mostly inspired by Darwyn Cooke's design with some tweaks here and there where I thought it made more sense or would add some appeal.
THIS IMAGE: I thought it would be cool if his outfit was more of a manifestation of the ring's power as opposed to just cloth. I think that's the angle the live action movie is taking too, so I thought I'd do my version of that idea. I thought it would be cool if the green parts were constantly shifting, and seemed like you were looking inside some kind of unstable, nebulous energy reaction. I went with the spots because I was paying homage to that swiss cheese effect that Jack Kirby used to do whenever he drew energy.
A rough sketch of scenes for the piece containing a slightly NSFW art on Wonder Woman.
And here's a bonus piece from Daniel Araya, featuring Robin the Boy Wonder.
Source: Daniel Araya [deviantART] via iO9
This Undead Monday, we take a look at V/H/S, an upcoming horror film that will take found-footage horror to the next stage.
Think you have a "killer" collection of VHS tapes? Think you have seen the epitome of horror film featuring VHS tapes? Think you have had the best (or worst, depending on your mentality) in found-footage horror?
V/H/S, This year's very own Sundance horror darling is here to adjust your perception.
Featuring a series of found-footage shorts written and directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the directing quartet known as Radio Silence, V/H/S explore the misadventures of a group of petty criminals who are watching a series of disturbing video tapes while searching for a rare piece of footage they have been hired to stole from.
Hot the jump to check out the terrifying trailer.
Here's the first poster of the film.
And the first official set image from the film.
Here's the official synopsis for the film:
When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today, this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again.
Quite possibly the most iconic evil queen of them all, we get a first look at Angelina Jolie's take on Maleficent in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty mythos with a touch of evil.
Have we had enough of lackluster, creativity-bankrupt old school fairy tale-turned-big budget Hollywood outings following ABC's Once Upon A Time, Relative Media's Tarsem Singh-directed Mirror Mirror, Universal Pictures's moderately successful Snow White and the Huntsman? Apparently, we don't even hold the answer to this equation.
Here’s the press release:
Burbank, CA (June 19, 2012) – The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on “Maleficent,” starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.
Directed by two-time Oscar®-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (“Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland”), in his directorial debut, and produced by Joe Roth, “Maleficent” is written by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Don Hahn, Matt Smith and Palak Patel.
Co-starring in the film are Sharlto Copley (“District 9”), Elle Fanning (“Super 8”), Sam Riley (“On the Road”), Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”), Miranda Richardson (“The Hours”), Juno Temple (“Atonement”) and Lesley Manville (“Secrets & Lies”).
This is the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain, Maleficent, from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
Behind-the-scenes talent includes Academy Award®–winning cinematographer Dean Semler (“Dances with Wolves,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”), production designer Gary Freeman (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Bourne Supremacy”), two-time Oscar® nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (“Schindler’s List,” “The Pianist”) and seven-time Academy Award–winning makeup artist Rick Baker (“Planet of the Apes,” “Men in Black”).
“Maleficent” is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release in 3D.
Set to be released in 3D on March 14th, 2014, Maleficent, a film to be directed by Robert Stromberg, will be featuring quite possibly the darkest character in all of Disney's mythology: Maleficent, one of the most iconic villains of Disney history. And what better casting stunt than to have Angelina Jolie cast as Maleficient herself?
Ahead of the inevitable leakage of set images, Disney has released the first image of Jolie as the eponymous antagonist.
And on the day following the release of the official image, we have stumbled upon a number of leaked images from the film.
With the release of The Dark Knight Rises mere weeks away, The Daily Zombies take a close look at several items coming out from Warner Bros. Pictures's aggressive promotional campaign for the film.
While there is no doubt that we have been covering The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan's swan song to his epic Batman trilogy, like a raving lunatic religious fanatic, do be assured that there will be more to come at this late juncture of time as we finally enter the last stretch of anticipation for the most anticipated film of the year.
First up, we take a look at a brand-new trailer, courtesy of Nokia, who have collaborated with Warner Bros. Pictures for a tie-in Lumia 900 phone imprinted with the iconic insignia of the Batman logo Nolan-style.
No, despite the fact that I am not going to give up my iPhone for this, we thank Nokia for this action-packed trailer that is a refreshing depart from the more sombre feel of the previous two trailers.
Taking a look at the viral aspect of the intriguing promotional campaign of the film, we see Gotham City Mayor Anthony Garcia (Nestor Carbonell) passing on a memo of a new legislation known as the Harvey Dent Act. Those who have watched the The Dark Knight (I can't imagine any readers here who haven't) would have knew what really happened. Harvey Dent Day, eh? Anyway, the bill would have been about taking on a stricter stance against organized crime.
Next up the viral alley, we have a look at pages from The Gotham Observer as they report on festivities for the aforementioned “Harvey Dent Day”. We have information on the report of the re-signing of Zach Harris (not Hines Ward) with the Gotham Rogues football team, an advert for the tech company, Rykin Data, and a slew of burglaries plaguing the city. Cat burglaries, I supposed.
The new TV spots.
For those who just can't get enough of potential spoiler-filled TV spots, Warner Bros. Pictures, in collaboration with Chrysler, has kicked off a contest soliciting a well-made 25-second TV spot from you, the fans. Footage can be retrieved from the website “Imported from Gotham City”, and the winner chosen by director Christopher Nolan himself will receive a trip to NYC to attend the red carpet premiere. However, there's no guarantee that the TV spot will actually air on TV though.
And here are the promotional posters which are somewhat kid-oriented.
Here's the official synopsis of the film:
Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises" is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") reprises the role of Lucius Fox. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on "Batman Begins" and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.
The Dark Knight Rises is currently scheduled to open on July 20th, 2012.
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